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Darren Elias Wins Event No. 2 Of Poker Masters In Las Vegas

Vladas Tamasauskas Extends Lead In Race For The Purple Jacket


Darren EliasDarren Elias is no stranger to winning trophies, having established himself as the GOAT when it comes to the World Poker Tour with four titles. On Saturday, the 36-year-old picked up another win, this time in the PokerGO studio at Aria.

Elias beat out a field of 97 entries in event no. 2 of the Poker Masters, banking $223,100 from the overall prizepool of $970,000.

This was his second PokerGO title of the year, having also won a $15,000 event at the U.S. Poker Open back in March. The New Jersey resident now has career tournament earnings of more than $12.8 million.

The final 14 players made the money, earning at least $19,400. Chris Brewer was eliminated on the bubble on day 1, and the field continued to play until the final table of seven was reached.

Bin WengNotables who cashed in the tournament included former Poker Masters champion Sam Soverel (13th), as well as Ryan Riess (10th), Dan Shak (9th), Michael Rocco (8th), Alex Foxen (7th), and Erik Seidel (5th).

Lithuanian pro Vladas Tamasauskas finished sixth, marking his second final table in a row after winning event no. 1. His two finishes currently have him in the lead on the overall series leaderboard.

Current Card Player Player of the Year frontrunner Bin Weng also picked up his second cash in as many attempts, having finished in 16th place in event no. 1. This time around the Chinese pro took third for $116,400, adding 360 more POY points to his total.

Weng is enjoying a breakout year on the tournament circuit having racked up two WPT titles, a WSOP Circuit ring, The Return championship at Borgata, and more than $5.1 million in earnings. With 9,198 points so far this season, he has a more than 1,200-point lead on his closest competitor in Jose ‘Nacho’ Barbero.

Eric BaldwinFormer POY winner and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Eric Baldwin finished runner-up, pocketing $155,200. The Wisconsin native now has $8.2 million in career tournament earnings.

There are 10 events in total at the Poker Masters, which runs until Sept. 26 and features buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. The best performing player throughout the series will be awarded the Purple Jacket.

The high-stakes festival began in 2017 and has been won by Steffen Sontheimer (2017), Ali Imsirovic (2018), Sam Soverel (2019), Michael Addamo (2021), and Sean Winter (2022).

Final Table Results

Place Player Payout POY PGT
1 Darren Elias $223,100 540 223
2 Eric Baldwin $155,200 450 155
3 Bin Weng $116,400 360 116
4 Antonio De La Cruz $97,000 270 97
5 Erik Seidel $77,600 225 80
6 Vladas Tamasauskas $58,200 180 58
7 Alex Foxen $48,500 135 40
8 Michael Rocco $38,800 90 39

*Photos by PokerGO – Antonio Abrego